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The Thing from Another World (1951)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | 22 July 1951 (Brazil)
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.

Directors:

Christian Nyby, Howard Hawks (uncredited)

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screenplay), John W. Campbell Jr. (based on the story "Who Goes There?" by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Sheridan ... Nikki Nicholson
Kenneth Tobey ... Capt. Patrick Hendry
Robert Cornthwaite ... Dr. Arthur Carrington
Douglas Spencer ... Ned Scott
James Young ... Lt. Eddie Dykes
Dewey Martin ... Crew Chief Bob
Robert Nichols Robert Nichols ... Lt. Ken Erickson
William Self William Self ... Cpl. Barnes
Eduard Franz ... Dr. Stern
Sally Creighton Sally Creighton ... Mrs. Chapman
James Arness ... 'The Thing'
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Storyline

Scientists at an Arctic research station discover a spacecraft buried in the ice. Upon closer examination, they discover the frozen pilot. All hell breaks loose when they take him back to their station and he is accidentally thawed out! Written by KC Hunt <khunt@eng.morgan.edu>

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Taglines:

No One In This World Can Match The Menace Of "The Thing" (1957 re-release) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 1951 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thing See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,600,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,251,000, 31 December 1951
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-issue) | (original US 16 mm television syndication prints)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dr. Carrington describes the Thing as a "stranger in a strange land". This may be a reference to Gershom in the Book of Exodus 2:22; it is also the title of a 1961 novel by Robert Heinlein, who would certainly have known the quote in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Barnes rambles on about the creature to Capt. Hendry and Dr. Stern is about to splash him from behind with water, Barnes closes his eyes and turns away in anticipation of being splashed. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Arthur Carrington: There are no enemies in science, only phenomena to be studied.
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Crazy Credits

Only technical and production credits precede the film, no acting credits. See more »

Alternate Versions

The original 16mm U.S. television syndication prints were a slightly abridged 85 minute version. About 1980, when Turner acquired the RKO library, the syndication prints were replaced with the 79 minute re-release version. This shorter re-release version was also used for the initial video and laserdisc releases as well as the pay-tv and "colorized" versions. See more »

Connections

Featured in Invasion Earth: The Aliens Are Here (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
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User Reviews

The Thing from another World 1951
22 December 2013 | by fred_philSee all my reviews

One of a very few movies I would rate a 10. It's perfection was mostly due a Charles Ledera script based on the story "Who Goes There?" and the director talents of Christian Nyby and Howard Hawks. The cast was marvelous.

The opening scene of the reporter Scotty walking his way through blizzard like snow and below zero temperature to enter a warm and cozy officers club is special. The beautiful soft music of the late 40's plays as Mr. Scott warms up by the fireplace. We get introductions underway to the main characters, pilot Captain Henry and his flying mates. A page by the general for the Captain and we are off to join a group of scientists at the north pole to explore a mysterious plane crash.

Some of the scenes at the North poll station scared the pants off me when I first saw the movie. In between the scary stuff Captain Henry and a secretary Nikki added a few romantic moments, one scene with a band playing "A lovely way to spend an evening". It's a shame that the movie sound track had none of the soft music numbers that also played in the mess hall scenes.

A great ending had me "looking at the skies" for years after.


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